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Lou Williams, Clippers force Game 6 against champ Warriors

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Lou Williams again came off the bench and knocked down big shot after big shot. Patrick Beverley crashed the boards at every chance. Danilo Gallinari drove the lane with authority.

The Los Angeles Clippers took the Warriors right out of their comfort zone by beating the two-time defending champions at their own game with energy on both ends, extending their season long after many had counted them out.

Williams hit a fadeaway jumper with 1:29 left and finished with 33 points and 10 assists, Golden State uncharacteristically clanked shots much of the second half and couldn't make key stops, and the upstart Clippers sent their first-round series back home with a 129-121 Game 5 win on Wednesday night.

No clinch celebration just yet for the two-time defending champions, who lead 3-2 but needed far more than Kevin Durant's playoff career-high 45 points.

''I don't want to get ahead of myself. They're up 3-2 still, but I just loved how we played, I really did,'' Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. ''All we talked about is being us. I told our guys, they've been them in the series. We have yet to put a game where we are us through the game.''

The Clippers stymied Golden State's comeback effort on the very court at Oracle Arena where Los Angeles rallied from 31 points down in Game 2 for the largest comeback in NBA postseason history.

Game 6 is Friday back in Los Angeles.

Beverley took a big charge against Klay Thompson with 1:40 left and wound up with 17 points and 14 rebounds for his best outing of the series.

''I thought Patrick Beverley came in, just kicked our butts right away,'' Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. ''He came out with more energy than we had and that set a tone.''

Houston and James Harden are on to the second round and waiting for another chance at the champs. The Clippers said not just yet, they're not done.

The Rockets, who squandered a 3-2 series lead to the Warriors in last year's Western Conference finals, eliminated the Jazz with a 100-93 Game 5 victory at home a few hours earlier Wednesday. Sure, the Warriors have thought about a potential second-round matchup.

''Our focus was to come in and extend the series and get another game on our home floor,'' Williams said. ''It's their mistake for looking ahead. That's on them.''

Gallinari added 26 points and seven rebounds, and Montrezl Harrell had 24 points as the eighth-seeded Clippers are keeping things interesting until the end.

''We've got to bring it if we're going to beat them,'' Kerr said.

Durant raised his arm late and called on the Oracle Arena crowd for a major assist - the Warriors needed every little bit of help. Thompson's 3 with 4:02 left made it 116-114 and Durant tied it on a driving dunk the next time down.

Stephen Curry scored 24 points and Thompson 22 but Golden State didn't have it on defense.

''If we come out and just think we're going to roll over this team because they're an 8 seed, it doesn't work that way in the NBA playoffs,'' Warriors center Andrew Bogut said.

Durant shot 14 for 26 in his third performance of at least 30 points in the series and ninth 40-point postseason effort.

Curry, already the NBA's career playoff leader for made 3-pointers, reached 400 postseason 3s.

But the Warriors - all of them, their best shooters - missed badly on good looks and couldn't defend the way they typically do to generate that sensational transition game.

''That's the worst-case scenario for any team. You're missing shots and can't get stops, you feel like you're in a bottomless pit,'' Durant said. ''Hopefully we knock down shots and get stops next game.''

Golden State trailed 71-63 at halftime despite making 10 of 16 3s but allowed Los Angeles to shoot 56%, and the Clippers finished at 54.1%.

Gallinari hit a 3 out of the break then a free throw following Draymond Green's technical and Los Angeles made it 81-66 on JaMychal Green's 3 at the 9:09 mark.

''It's been a year where things haven't gone exactly smoothly all the time,'' Kerr said. ''I'm not surprised by anything, but I expected to come out and play better and win the game. But it's the NBA playoffs. This is a seven-game series and you've got to play. You've got to defend with some urgency.''

NO SUBSTITUTION NECESSARY

Alfonzo McKinnie knocked down a 3 to end the first moments after he had left the court with Kerr trying to sub in Thompson to play the final possession, but since Beverley - who'd been bleeding from a knock by Curry - stayed in the game the referees ruled McKinnie must return to the floor.

GREEN'S WRIST

Nothing was going to keep Draymond Green from playing Game 5 - even his troublesome right wrist. An MRI showed no serious issues and he practiced fully Tuesday.

The wrist has been bothering him since the beginning of Game 3 when ''I got a pretty good whack on it.''

''It's still sore,'' Green said at shootaround. ''If the MRI said it was broken by the way I was still going to play. So it really didn't matter.''

TIP-INS

Clippers: Gallinari missed his initial four 3-point tries before connecting late in the first and finished 3 of 11 from deep. ... The Clippers outrebounded the Warriors 42-39.

Warriors: Golden State scored 41 points in the first for its third 40-point quarter of the series - the first time in the shot clock era (1954-55) the Warriors have done so in one playoff series. ... Durant (3,816) passed John Havlicek (3,776) for 12th place on the NBA's career postseason scoring list. ... The Warriors are 9-3 in Game 5s dating to their title run in 2015. ...

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Key Players
L. Williams
23 SG
K. Durant
35 SF
33.5 Min. Per Game 33.5
28.8 Pts. Per Game 28.8
5.3 Ast. Per Game 5.3
5.0 Reb. Per Game 5.0
50.6 Field Goal % 56.4
47.0 Three Point % 55.0
82.1 Free Throw % 95.5
  Defensive rebound by Patrick Beverley 0:07
+ 1 Danilo Gallinari made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:20
+ 1 Danilo Gallinari made 1st of 2 free throws 0:20
  Personal foul on Kevin Durant 0:20
+ 3 Stephen Curry made 3-pt. jump shot 0:28
+ 2 Danilo Gallinari made layup, assist by Landry Shamet 0:33
  Defensive rebound by Patrick Beverley 0:37
  Offensive rebound by Draymond Green 0:43
  Andre Iguodala missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:46
  24-second shot clock violation turnover 0:55
  Offensive rebound by Lou Williams 0:55
Team Stats
Points 129 121
Field Goals 46-85 (54.1%) 43-96 (44.8%)
3-Pointers 13-34 (38.2%) 15-39 (38.5%)
Free Throws 24-26 (92.3%) 20-22 (90.9%)
Total Rebounds 53 43
Offensive 9 15
Defensive 33 24
Team 11 4
Assists 29 31
Steals 3 7
Blocks 1 3
Turnovers 10 8
Fouls 23 23
Technicals 0 1
33 PTS, 4 REB, 10 AST
45 PTS, 6 REB, 6 AST
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away team logo 8 Clippers 2-3 37343325129
home team logo 1 Warriors 3-2 41223127121
Team Stats
away team logo Clippers 2-3 114.7 PPG 40.2 RPG 25.3 APG
home team logo Warriors 3-2 114.1 PPG 43.3 RPG 28.4 APG
Key Players
L. Williams SG 21.7 PPG 2.8 RPG 7.7 APG 43.3 FG%
K. Durant SF 32.3 PPG 4.9 RPG 4.5 APG 51.4 FG%
Top Scorers
L. Williams SG 33 PTS 4 REB 10 AST
K. Durant SF 45 PTS 6 REB 6 AST
54.1 FG% 44.8
38.2 3PT FG% 38.5
92.3 FT% 90.9
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. Gallinari 26 7 2 9/22 3/11 5/6 2 41 1 0 1 3 4 +12 37
P. Beverley 17 14 4 6/13 5/11 0/0 2 36 1 0 1 3 11 +3 39
J. Green 15 4 2 5/9 3/6 2/2 6 27 0 0 0 0 4 +11 23
L. Shamet 6 3 3 1/4 1/3 3/3 3 36 0 0 1 0 3 +17 14
S. Gilgeous-Alexander 6 3 3 2/3 0/1 2/2 4 19 0 0 1 0 3 -6 14
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. Gallinari 26 7 2 9/22 3/11 5/6 2 41 1 0 1 3 4 +12 37
P. Beverley 17 14 4 6/13 5/11 0/0 2 36 1 0 1 3 11 +3 39
J. Green 15 4 2 5/9 3/6 2/2 6 27 0 0 0 0 4 +11 23
L. Shamet 6 3 3 1/4 1/3 3/3 3 36 0 0 1 0 3 +17 14
S. Gilgeous-Alexander 6 3 3 2/3 0/1 2/2 4 19 0 0 1 0 3 -6 14
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
L. Williams 33 4 10 12/19 1/2 8/9 1 34 0 0 5 1 3 +1 52
M. Harrell 24 5 2 11/14 0/0 2/2 2 27 0 1 1 1 4 -7 33
G. Temple 2 0 1 0/0 0/0 2/2 0 10 1 0 0 0 0 +9 5
J. Robinson 0 2 2 0/1 0/0 0/0 3 5 0 0 0 1 1 0 6
W. Chandler - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Wallace - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Motley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Delgado - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Zubac - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Thornwell - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 129 42 29 46/85 13/34 24/26 23 235 3 1 10 9 33 +40 223
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
K. Durant 45 6 6 14/26 5/12 12/12 4 41 2 1 1 0 6 +2 65
S. Curry 24 3 4 7/15 4/5 6/6 2 38 0 1 3 0 3 -3 33
K. Thompson 22 3 2 9/20 4/11 0/0 3 37 0 0 2 0 3 -13 27
D. Green 7 7 6 3/7 0/2 1/2 5 37 2 0 2 2 5 -3 26
A. Bogut 6 5 2 3/5 0/0 0/0 2 16 1 0 0 2 3 -15 16
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
K. Durant 45 6 6 14/26 5/12 12/12 4 41 2 1 1 0 6 +2 65
S. Curry 24 3 4 7/15 4/5 6/6 2 38 0 1 3 0 3 -3 33
K. Thompson 22 3 2 9/20 4/11 0/0 3 37 0 0 2 0 3 -13 27
D. Green 7 7 6 3/7 0/2 1/2 5 37 2 0 2 2 5 -3 26
A. Bogut 6 5 2 3/5 0/0 0/0 2 16 1 0 0 2 3 -15 16
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
A. McKinnie 7 2 0 3/6 1/4 0/0 2 8 0 0 0 0 2 -10 9
K. Looney 5 7 1 2/8 0/0 1/2 3 21 0 0 0 6 1 +15 14
A. Iguodala 3 4 8 1/7 1/5 0/0 1 27 2 1 0 3 1 -4 26
S. Livingston 2 2 2 1/2 0/0 0/0 1 11 0 0 0 2 0 -9 8
J. Jerebko - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Cousins - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Jones - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Q. Cook - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Lee - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Bell - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Evans - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Derrickson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 121 39 31 43/96 15/39 20/22 23 236 7 3 8 15 24 -40 224